In the market for my first total set-up. Need suggestions!
So I started snowboarding this year and I'm looking to get a board/binding/boots for next year. From what I've heard the next few months are the best time to get good deals on stuff.
I've been about 6 times this year and a few times before that when I was younger, I can make it down blue square trails just fine. The last two times I went I really started to pick it up. I'll be riding on the east coast so a lot of hardpacked ice and very little pow (Ober G-burg, Sugar mtn, and Paoli). I am 6' and weigh about 195-200 so I'm thinking a 160ish board? I'm in college with limited money to spend so my budget is 400 bucks tops for board/bindings/boots. I already have pretty good gear as far as jacket, gloves, pants, etc. I have been looking at used Lib-tech and GNU boards because of the magne-traction seems (from what i have heard on forums and local guys) to be really good on hardpack. What other boards are good on hardpack/icy conditions?
I will more than likely just go to one of the local shops and buy boots to make sure I get the right size and fit. Would it be better to go all out on a nice set of binding's that are going to last awhile and go with a cheaper board? Basically I just want a solid entry level board that keeps me from having to pay for a rental every time, and not spend a shit ton of money. Any help is appreciated!